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Daytona State College announces addition of women’s flag football as an intercollegiate sport

Women’s flag football at Daytona State College will commence in the spring 2025 semester.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (July 25, 2023) – Daytona State College will launch a competitive women’s flag football program during the 2024-25 academic year with support from a $10,000 grant from the NJCAA Foundation, NFL Flag and Reigning Champs Experiences.

“There are 17 girl’s flag football programs in Volusia and Flagler counties, and 273 Florida high schools currently offering girl’s flag football,” said Daytona State College President Tom LoBasso. “There is incredible interest at the collegiate level for women’s flag football and adding this program allows us to offer our students a valuable opportunity.”

According to NFL Flag's official numbers, participation in flag football by six-to-12-year-olds has increased 38% since 2015. In America, around 474,000 young women played flag football last year which is a more than 60% increase from 2019. Flag football is another activity that teaches the importance of exercising and staying fit, which is a life skill that they can carry throughout life. While learning the knowledge of the game of football, it also provides the benefits of developing social skills and athletic abilities of young girls. The Falcons are proud to be adding flag football to our sports offering list in Intercollegiate Athletics and we look forward to doing our part to assist in growing the sport locally and regionally. 

“We’re excited about adding women’s flag football as one of our sports offerings,” said Will Dunne, DSC Athletic Director. “We are grateful to the NJCAA Foundation, NFL Flag and Reigning Champs Experiences for their support. It will be awesome to watch these athletes play in our state-of-the-art stadium and this will be a great opportunity for future Falcon women’s flag football players.”

“We are excited to see the sport of women’s flag football continue to grow at the two-year level. The NJCAA Foundation looks forward to supporting this growth in partnership with NFL Flag and Reigning Champs Experiences,” said Brian Luckett, NJCAA Foundation Executive Director. “This grant will help provide the association’s member colleges with needed resources to begin flag football programs and create additional opportunities for female student-athletes across the country.”

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About the NJCAA 
Since 1938, the NJCAA has served as the nation's premier governing body for two-year collegiate athletics, providing student-athletes opportunities to PREPARE, COMPETE, SUCCEED and ACHIEVE in their academic and athletic disciplines. The NJCAA is the second-largest national intercollegiate athletic organization in the United States with over 500 member schools in 44 states. Each year over 3,400 teams compete in 28 different sports across multiple divisions in the NJCAA and the organization sponsors 53 national championship events and sanctioned bowl games.

About NJCAA Foundation
The mission of the NJCAA Foundation is to enhance the NJCAA national organization, student-athletes, member colleges and local communities through financial support, scholarships, program initiatives and community service. 

About Reigning Champs Experiences
RCX Sports is the premier youth-sports experiences business, running and operating leagues, camps, combines, tournaments and events.

RCX works with professional leagues, national governing bodies, sports-centric businesses and brands to reimagine youth sports experiences. RCX produces events with world-class partners including the NFL, Jr. NBA, NAIA, and the 2022 World Games.

RCX is committed to improving the accessibility and inclusivity of sports by enhancing the youth sports experience and creating opportunities for all athletes to play. We believe sports have the power to transform lives and that every athlete should have the opportunity to experience the value of sports. For more information, visit [].

NFL FLAG is an NFL-licensed property of more than 1,600 locally operated leagues and over 500,000 youth athletes across all 50 states. NFL FLAG is a fun and accessible non-contact program available for girls and boys ages 5-17. Players benefit by being physically active through non-contact, continuous action while learning the fundamentals of football as well as lessons in teamwork and sportsmanship. RCX Sports is the official operator of NFL FLAG.

About Daytona State College
Offering more than 100 certificate, associate and bachelor’s degree programs, Daytona State College is the leader in education and workforce training needs of Volusia and Flagler counties and beyond for more than 60 years. The College enrolls approximately 23,000 students a year at its seven campuses, with graduates serving in critical fields including healthcare, emergency services and public safety, business, education, hospitality, engineering, technology, digital media, and more.

Daytona State has been recognized as a leader in higher education numerous times. U.S. News & World Report ranks the College among the Top Tier Best Online Bachelor’s Programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center ranks DSC among the top 50 most affordable public four-year institutions in the country, with less than half the tuition of the national average. And U.S. News & World Report has ranked DSC among its Top Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans multiple times.